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Salanques


2016

Balance, intensity and purity.
The true character of Priorat

Varieties

65% from 40 -80 year old Grenache vines, 25% from 80 year old Carignan and 10% from 15 year old syrah.

Soil

Hills of “llicorella”, Paleozoic laminar slate, at an altitude of 350-450 meters above sea level. Yields of 300 g grape/vine.

Elaboration and aging

Certified organic viticulture. Harvesting by hand into 10 kg crates. Grape by grape classification using a double selection table. Fermentation of destemmed grapes in stainless steel tanks and wood barrel. 14 months in a new fine-grained barrel of French oak (50% new and 50 % two year old barrel).

Bottling

18.000 bottles in April 2018 without clarification or filtration.

Testing

Alcohol content: 14.5% vol. / pH: 3.13 / Total acidity: 6,6 g / L

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Tasting note

“Its color is ruby with violet reflections. The nose is a symphony of berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and currants, against a balsamic background and wood undertones. In the mouth it is volumous and coats the tongue with a dense texture. It has a good structure made up of tannins that are still there but will be cleaned up with some time kept in the bottle. The end is drawn out and reminds one of blackberries and cherries. A Priorat not to be missed, either to start enjoying now or to be kept in the cellar for about five years. It would be an ideal pairing with meats such as roast lamb, a beef round in sauce or smaller game, as well as with aged cheese.”

Vila Viniteca

Vintage 2016

A record vintage. Small healthy grapes, fruit of the driest summer we have had to date after a rainy spring. The moderate average temperatures with small showers in September provided us with one of the calmest and longest vintages of the last few years. Excellent ripeness and acidity. A benchmark vintage, one of the best in the last few years.

93+ The Wine Advocate #224 – August 2019

92 Guía Peñín 2019

90 Decanter WWA 2019 – Silver Medal